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Delaware Brain Tumor Walk 2014: Funding Research, Raising Awareness, Sharing Memories and Celebrating Survivors

by EJ on 04/24/14

National Brain Tumor Society, the largest nonprofit organization dedicated to finding better treatments and a cure for people living with brain tumors, hosts the Delaware Brain Tumor Walk on April 26th at the Riverfront in Wilmington, Delaware. The Brain Tumor Walk, which aims to connect brain tumor survivors, patients, family, friends and caregivers, uses proceeds to fund brain tumor research and raise awareness. Participants can walk as individuals, create a team or join an already existing team. Last year, the walk raised almost $200,000.

At this moment, nearly 700,000 people in the United States are living with a brain tumor. 69,000 more are expected to be diagnosed this year and over 4,000 of those will be children. “Only one out of three adults diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor today will be alive in five years. More so than any other cancer, brain tumors can have life-altering psychological, cognitive, behavioral, and physical effects. And yet, despite these facts, brain tumor research remains grossly underfunded,” says N. Paul TonThat, chief executive officer of the National Brain Tumor Society. “Every dollar pledged from the Delaware Brain Tumor Walk allows us to continue funding vital research to accelerate the discovery of new scientific breakthroughs and the availability of more treatments for this disease.” 

Karen O'Brien, mother of three and wife of Chris O'Brien who was diagnosed with an Astrocytoma grade II brain tumor in 2008, has been involved in the Delaware Brain Tumor Walk since 2009 to support her family and others affected by this disease. Her husband, whose brain tumor was removed, was subsequently diagnosed with a GBM IV and passed away eleven months later. This year Karen is again walking with Team Irish, in memory of her husband. Describing her family's journey from diagnosis to treatment, to loss several years later, Karen explains that, "The cancer diagnosis really made us closer and made us realize how short our time here is. My kids were not sure how things were going to end and how soon but they spent time with their Dad and always let him know how much they loved him. Since he passed we have had some rough times and some good times... We are all growing and changing but never forgetting." The Delaware Brain Tumor Walk has become an important and inspiring event for the O'Brien family and friends. Karen says, "As we walk many of us will tell some stories about him and others will share good memories. It really makes me feel a sense of belonging knowing others know how I feel."

The Delaware Brain Tumor Walk is this Saturday, April 26th at Dravo Plaza in Wilmington, DE at 10 am. For more information on the Delaware Brain Tumor Walk, please visit http://events.braintumor.org/delaware-brain-tumor-walk/. If you can't make the walk, you can still donate to a participant or team.

Comments (1)

1. Jessica @eatsleepbe said on 4/25/14 - 02:38PM
Looks like a great, and important, event. I did the Brain Tumor 5K in Philly in November and it was so inspiring.


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